Sri Lanka's state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has included nuclear power for the first time as a possible power generation option in 2031.
The latest study of long term generation capacity included nuclear power in the instance were coal power has been restricted to 60 percent of the total in the system.
Despite its large capacity compared to other power generation sources, cabinet approval has been given to consider nuclear as an option to meet the future energy demand.
Initially a 600MegaWatt plant has been included in the study, which is relatively small. Nuclear power complexes run into several thousand MegaWatts in most countries.
Specialists would be needed in order to build and run the plant, and capacity is currently limited to running coal power plants. For the nuclear plant to be online by 2030, work would have to begin imminently, potentially making the deadline too optimistic.